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Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping Geography in 2018

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The foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a textbook example that geography still matters and can, and does, influence a government’s foreign policy.

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The Border Wall Nobody Talks About

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For all the vicious debate, people may be surprised to learn that a US-Mexico border wall already exists.

North Korea Nuclear Test Site Collapses, Risking Fallout

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North Korea leader Kim Jong-un garnered universal praise when he announced a halt of nuclear tests. It turns out he never had a choice in the matter.

Armenia: Another Color Revolution?

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If Armenia is headed for a color revolution, it’s one that will diverge from past examples.

EU: “Ever Closer Union” Hits a Wall with the Visegrád Four

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Orban’s resounding election victory in Hungary and Macron’s “civil war” speech at the European Parliament reveal the widening rift between two competing visions of the EU’s future.

Energy: A Basic Human Right

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It’s time to codify access to clean and reliable energy as a basic human right.

Egypt’s Samir Al Ghatas on the Nature of Terrorism

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Is terrorism fueled by economic, social, religious, or psychological factors?

Turkey’s Erdogan Calls for Early Elections

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A nationalist resurgence and disorganized opposition have Erdogan rolling the dice on early elections. Will his gamble pay off?

US-China Trade War: Shots Fired at ZTE as Washington Tries Reciprocity

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President Trump reaches for China’s own playbook on trade, with disastrous results for ZTE.

Uranium in Niger: When a Blessing Becomes a Curse

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Niger has the world’s fourth-largest uranium reserves, and not much to show for it.

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

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Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

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